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Feb 2, 2007 12:57 PM

High Protein/Low Fat/Low Cal Protein Snacks?

I'm trying to lose a few pounds and restricting myself to 1500 calories a day (not an easy thing). I'm trying to eat a good amount of protein in my diet b/c I'm weight training but am starting to get a little bored w/egg whites. (BTW, not doing the low carb thing). Is there another high protein/low fat option that is versatile and tasty? I've been eating egg whites as both a meal (egg white omelet) or as a snack (hard boiled eggs minus the yolk).

Peanut butter--higher in protein but also high in fat and calories so I really restrict my intake of this. Besides, I'm not a huge fan of it. Like it but don't LOVE it like a lot of folks.
Edamame-love this stuff and eat my weight in it but isn't really a high protein option.
Tofu--love tofu in most all forms but a) isn't really all that high in protein and b) can't see myself snacking on it.
Nuts-have an okay amount of protein but is also high in calories.

Does anyone else feel my (hunger) pains?

Thanks in advance!

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  1. Low-fat cheese? I've been getting these snack packs of 50% reduced-fat Cabot cheddar. It's individually wrapped little slabs of cheddar, each 50 calories. (Not the most environmentally sound thing, but it does stop me from eating half the block of cheese.) String cheese is a good option too.

    1. I'm eating high protein, low fat, too. Edamame is a fabulous protein source! It has 11g of protein for 1/2C of the beans. Other ideas:

      Low-fat cheese is good; the part-skim mozzarella cheese sticks are handy for snacks.

      A piece of high protein, 100% whole grain bread (try Ezekiel 4:9 bread, which is sprouted grain, no flour) with a piece of turkey breast.

      Salmon...good protein and you get the good Omega-3 fats as well. I love to eat smoked salmon as a snack. I roll up a piece of lox around some cucumber and that's quite tasty.

      Cottage cheese. I know...boring. BUT...try mixing some chopped green peppper, scallions, tomato, salt, pepper and lemon zest into it. Fabulous! A teeny drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil (good fat!) makes it even more wonderful.

      Yogurt...I buy Cascade Fresh which has no sugar, just fruit and fruit juice for sweetener. I also love plain yogurt mixed with some dried cherries and chopped almonds.

      Hope this gives some ideas.

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      1. re: wyf4lyf

        I've never heard of Cascade Fresh. Is it a regional brand? I forgot about the low fat cheese--thanks for the reminder. I'm not a real big fan of string cheese unless it's slightly melted.

        1. re: gyp7318

          I second the cottage cheese - I'd go for the 2% though. Also, Fage Greek Yogurt. Fabulous -- the 2% is like 17g of protein for 8 oz and I think weighs in at 170 calories. Very fiiling and delicious.

          1. re: gyp7318

            Don't know where that person is but we can get Cascade Fresh in the Puget Sound (WA) area. It's amazing. All natural, no high fructose corn syrup. At first it seems weird because it's not as sugary sweet as big names but after eating it a while, big brands make me want to gag because they taste so fake.

          2. re: wyf4lyf

            any of the non-sweetened non fat yogurts can be doctored up by mixing in a packet of splenda and a dollup of vanilla extract (the kind that doesn't contain alcohol--trader joe's carries it)

          3. chicken breast, turkey breast, fish, jerky (watch the sodium, though), chestnuts (not super high but lower fat than other nuts), low fat cottage cheese, edamame, baked chickpeas, sirloin steak (though a little higher in fat and calories), lentils/beans like chili, quinoa, canadian bacon

            1. EAT QUINOA! Great source of protein and so versatile.

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              1. re: bolivianita

                i second this one. i just actually am finishing chewing my last bite. i just tossed together some quinoa, egg whites, sun dried tomatoes and artichoke tapanade.

                1. re: bolivianita

                  Quinoa is amazing and very healthy. It's not low calorie, though. A Google search is showing over 600 calories for a cup.

                  1. re: Azizeh

                    That's per cup of raw quinoa, which swells to more than twice that volume when you cook it. It's around 200-250 calories per cup cooked, if I remember correctly.

                    1. re: piccola

                      Yeah, I saw the huge disparity in the two counts I found. Some were closer to 300 than the 600. Wasn't sure what was what.

                      As someone who is on 1500 calories per day, most meals are 300-400 calories, which eliminates much of these wonderful carbs. I'm going to try 1/2 a cup at a time and see if I enjoy that more than my regular veggies.

                2. I don't know what would be sufficient if tofu isn't considered a high-protein option. Taking a quick look up the nutritional tables, a 5 oz portion has over 10 g of protein which seems pretty comparable to an egg (about 5 g) or nuts or cheese (about 7 g per 1 oz serving).

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                  1. re: sidwich

                    I loooooove tofu but how would one snack on it?

                    1. re: gyp7318

                      Put it in miso broth with greens or other veggies, and of course garlic...

                      1. re: gyp7318

                        If you use soft tofu, purée it with your sweetener of choice and some vanilla or cocoa powder.

                        If you use firm tofu, marinate it, cube it, and bake until crispy.

                        1. re: gyp7318

                          my mom used to slice it, lay it out in a casserole dish, drizzle with soy sauce and sesame oil and bake until edges are crispy. i do this and toss them into a baggy in the fridge for quick protein fix.

                          1. re: gyp7318

                            Tofu jerky is good and very portable. But remember not to overdo it with the soy products as too much can be counterproductive to muscle building.